We were contacted by a client who wished to reinforce the flooring of his garden room building so it could be used as a dual purpose space – an office and a home gym. This was to be the first stage of a complete garden room building makeover.
Home Gym Fit Out – The Brief
The garden room had been built by the previous owner as music studio. So there was a lot of sound proofing built into the structure, the walls and the flooring. However, whilst the room had been well soundproofed, the foundations/sub floor was not built to take great loads – certainly not sufficient to withstand loads imposed by heavy barbells. We were tasked by our client to identify the sub floor structure and devise a plan to reinforce/strengthen the flooring so it could withstand load.
Sub Floor Reinforcement
We had to take up the existing layers of flooring ( laminate, soundboards, caber flooring etc to determine how the sub flooring has been constructed. It was established that the timbers were widely spaced apart. This created a springy/bouncy effect more akin to a dance studio. It was clear that more timbers were needed to bolster the sub floor along with some other fixes to ensure the floor could withstand the use of free weights.
The Fit out Works
The first task was to take up the existing flooring and see how the subfloor was constructed. We fitted extra timbers to reduce the spaces between the existing timbers. Then we put in some new insulation and then fitted new caber board to replace the ones we had removed. Then we relaid the existing two layers of sound boards. The subfloor was now ready for its brand new look. This consisted of engineered wooden planks spanning approx 3m and approx 2m of thick rubber gym flooring. To complete the flooring area we fitted a simple skirting around the perimeter of the room.
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